The St. Mary’s Project in history consists of two parts: HIST 493 and HIST 494. No credit for HIST 493 will be granted until satisfactory completion of HIST 494. The project experience is designed for students to demonstrate the ability to conduct historical research, interpret historical evidence, and produce a substantive written work. Students begin the project experience in the first semester with an approved topic and meet regularly with a faculty mentor throughout the two semesters. During the first semester of the project experience, students focus on historiography and on identifying primary sources. They define the issues to be investigated, and develop a method of inquiry appropriate to the topic. Prerequisite: approval by faculty mentor and department chair of the student’s major(s).